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8 illegals die in tractor-trailer parked at Walmart

8 illegals die in tractor-trailer parked at Walmart

"This seems to be a traffic in human beings", said the head of the police, speaking of the horror scene was found in the truck, but stating also that the security videos of the parking lot showed that the vehicles had previously come in search of some people hidden in the trailer and who were alive. All the deceased were adult males, it said. So far, only one person has been charged, the driver of the truck who said he was unaware of the human cargo aboard until he took a rest stop in San Antonio. He later added that emergency workers used triage techniques to help people in what he called a "mass-casualty" event.

James Matthew Bradley Jr, 60, faces charges of illegally transporting immigrants for financial gain, resulting in death.

A multiagency investigation was under way.

He told authorities that he had stopped in Laredo, Texas - which would have been out of his way if he were traveling directly to Brownsville - to get the truck washed and detailed before heading back 150 miles (240 kilometers) north to San Antonio. San Antonio is a major city located in south-central Texas and near to the Mexican border which is about a two-hour drive away.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the deaths were "a heartbreaking tragedy". President Donald Trump has promised to construct a wall along America's border with Mexico to crack down on unauthorized immigration. One said they were told they would have to pay smugglers $5,500 after arriving in San Antonio.

Weather in the area had been hot and dry, with firefighters claiming the air conditioning unit inside the truck was not working.

Two of the people hospitalized are 15 years old, the fire spokesman said. Paramedics rushed as many as 20 people to hospitals in critical condition, with others facing "less critical" injuries.

Experts have warned in recent months that tougher immigration policies could make it more hard to stop human trafficking.

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But Homan said it was unlikely the truck was used to carry the immigrants across the border into the United States.

Latin Americans who enter the US illegally often rely on smuggling networks to guide them across the border, supply them with safe houses and give them rides in the U.S.to their destination.

"So long as I lead ICE, there will be an unwavering commitment to use law enforcement assets to put an end to these practices", the agency's acting director, Thomas Homan, said in a statement.

At least 100 illegal immigrants, mainly from Mexico and Guatemala, were crammed into the back of the truck after crossing the USA border.

Nine immigrants smuggled in a tractor-trailer have died.

They then walked until the next day and rode in a pick-up truck to Laredo, where they were put aboard the tractor-trailer to be taken to San Antonio. Bradley had taken out a pair of loans earlier this year to buy a truck and trailer for which he needed to make payments of nearly $2,000 a month, according to records.

San Antonio police officers investigate the scene at the Walmart.


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